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NFL Fun Stats – Week Seven

The weird and wacky breakdown of interesting statistics in the NFL.

Bo Marchionte

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NFL fun stats is put together to provide a wide range of number-oriented morsels for those who crave the delicacy and geek-dom of NFL statistics, news and notes. If you’re not quoting one note each week, I’m not doing my job. Here are your water cooler nuggets.

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–    Is the average carries per season that DeMarco Murray has reached between 2011 and 2013. Murray has been punishing defenses this season by averaging 130.8 yards per game rushing along with 26.5 rushing attempts per game, which both lead the NFL. The big question that needs to be asked – are the Dallas Cowboys tempting fate? Murray has never been able to punch the time clock for all 16 games in his previous three years at running back. His biggest workload in one season occurred last year with 217 carries. Murray is on pace to nearly double that amount and set the all-time single season record for rushing attempts in the process. Larry Johnson holds the record at 416 and Murray is on pace for 424, but will he last long enough to make it? Currently, Murray has 159 carries in 2015, which is 21 below the average before he misses time due to injury and 31 from his career-high after only seven games.

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–    Back-to-back 100 yard rushing games by San Diego Chargers rookie running back Branden Oliver. The pint-sized powerhouse has been one of the feel good stories of the year. The Chargers’ backfield was depleted and Oliver has stepped in and stepped up the production of the ground game. Only DeMarco Murray (251) and LeSean McCoy (230) had more rushing yards over the last two weeks. Oliver has 215 yards rushing over that span and joins Murray as the only two running backs to have back-to-back games over 100 yards rushing in weeks five and six.

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– Is the total combined carries by Marshawn Lynch in the Seattle Seahawks’ two losses this season. In the Seahawks’ first loss to the San Diego Chargers, Lynch carried the football six times and against the Dallas Cowboys only 10 times. Seattle is 7-0 in their last seven games (including the playoffs) when Lynch has 15 carries or more. The winning formula sounds pretty simple in Seattle. Lynch + 15 carries = win.

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– Is the number of touchdowns caught by DeSean Jackson in the second half over the last four seasons. Wonder where I’m going with this one? For years, Jackson was someone who did his scoring early in games. In Jackson’s first three seasons in the NFL, 17 of his 24 touchdowns came in the first half of football games. Among the 17 first half touchdowns, 12 were scored in the first quarter. Now, Jackson is changing gears and looking less like a lead-off man and more like a closer. In the last four seasons (including 2014), Jackson has scored 18 touchdowns. Eleven in the second half and seven in the first half.

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– Total yards on the three receptions made by Seattle Seahawks wideout Percy Harvin against the Dallas Cowboys.

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– Rushing attempts by Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris the last three seasons, which leads the NFL in overall carries. However, Morris is not known for catching the football much. Since his rookie season in 2012, he has only caught 25 passes. With five catches already this season, it is possible Morris breaks his career-high of 11 receptions in a season set in 2012. He has caught at least one pass in the last three games. His longest streak is four consecutive games (twice) with at least one catch. At the moment, he has five catches for 39 yards and is one catch away from his personal best of four games in row hauling in a pass.

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– Is the amount of wins combined by the three rookie quarterbacks with starts so far in 2015. Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater is 1-1 overall with his lone win against the Atlanta Falcons. Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles and Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr are 0-9 and still looking for their first taste of sweet victory in the NFL.

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– Receptions, which is the most catches by one player over the last two weeks. The irony of that statistic is that it’s not a receiver with the most catches. It’s Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte with 22 catches for 182 yards and one touchdown via Jay Cutler and the passing game.

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–  Is the amount of yards between four of the five touchdown passes completed between Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning and New York Jets QB Geno Smith in their game last week. The longest of the day was 22 yards from Manning to tight end Julius Thomas more than doubling the yardage by the four other scores caught in Broncos’ 31-17 win.

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– Other players in the NFL have completed more passes than Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel. Manziel has one attempt that went uncompleted in 2014.

Bo Marchionte is an NFL writer for Football Insiders and has covered the NFL for over a decade. His background includes being staff for the Texas vs. The Nation All-Star game as a talent evaluator for player personnel along with an internship scouting with the Toronto Argonauts and Winnipeg Blue Bombers for the Canadian Football League. Bo’s draft background includes working for the NFL Draft Bible and currently owns and operates College2Pro.com. He has done radio spots on NBC, Fox Sports and ESPN and their affiliates in different markets around the country. Bo covers the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Panthers along with other colleges in the northeast.

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